If you haven’t seen the Bookends blog lately, there are over 200 comments to their response to the Twitter disaster/phenomenon known as #QueryFail.
Been under a publishing rock? #Queryfail was the brainchild (or brain fart, depending on your POV) of a Tweeting literary agent. Other agents signed up and they gave live examples of queries on Twitter and said why they “failed.” Hence, QueryFail. The “#” is the way you follow a thread on Twitter.
#QueryFail got tons of negative attention — people saying how agents were blasting poor writers for stupid queries and doing it on the www. For me I thought it was like preaching to the choir — because the writers on Twitter and reading all the blogs were not the ones making absurd queries and requests. I believe if you don’t like it, don’t read it. BUT, people were appalled. Writers were screaming (virtually of course).
So now there’s a place writers can say all the awful things about agents they want to say. And I have to tell you that most of them are pretty darned awful. Not surprisingly, the comments are anonymous and no one is naming particular agents — just referring to “this agent” and “that agent.” Personally, I’d like to know who this and that are — so I can one day go into the query process with my eyes wide open. I know there are sites that offer warnings — but this would seem like a fabulous opportunity for writers to out the agents who were rude and made a writer cry at a conference (I saw that several times in the 200 comments), the agents who were drunk and unprofessional (yep, saw that too) and the ones that hold manuscripts for months on end and the ones who consistently lose emails containing fulls and partials.
It’s a bitch session over there, and I feel like it’s a blind one – giving lots of crap without cleaning it up – meaning – there is no substantial information and no way to clean it up or change it.
That being said, I’m going to go back and read more.